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In line with the 2014 National Curriculum we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of the UK as a coherent, chronological narrative.
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’ and ‘civilisation’
  • understand historical concepts, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically valid questions
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts

History is taught through a topic approach. Each year group can expect to focus on different historical aspects throughout the academic year. We aim to develop the children’s historical understanding through the use of primary and secondary sources, in order to foster research skills and an empathy with the past. 

Here at St Mary's, we are very fortunate to be located in an area that is rich with historical events and we strive to celebrate such history. Pupils can therefore expect to learn about local history such as the 'Windrush,' the role of the Docks during World War II and the Roman settlements in the local area.

Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum at St Mary’s is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy.

We encourage the children to develop their historical skills and knowledge as they develop an appreciation and understanding of history being “who we are and why we are the way we are.” David McCullough.